... (I watched Anchorman WAY too many times in high school.) Listopia > Diversity Book Lists. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History R.J. Palacio’s novel presents Auggie’s perspective as well as those of friends and family members. High school senior Gabi Hernandez has a lot going on in her senior year, all captured in this let-no-issue-go-unexplored page-turner. Artist Shaun Tan places the reader in the immigrant’s shoes by using an invented alphabet on the signs in the strange new world he enters—the language is as impenetrable to the reader as it is to the protagonist. Junior eventually transfers to a wealthy high school 20 miles from home where the only other Indian is the mascot. The Arrival School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex. Bless Me, Ultima My Teacher By James Ransome . When I think of diverse books, the first thing that comes to mind are books with person of color or LGBT characters or authors. Young CJ asks his grandmother questions on a bus ride—why don’t they have a car? Patricia Hegarty’s book about the bonds of family, illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft, presents children with a variety of family situations—traditional nuclear families of different races, same-sex parents, grandparents raising a child, a single mother and child, multiracial families—to make the point that what they all have in common is love. Ages 8–12. It centers on the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer, a shooting witnessed by 16-year-old Starr, whose days are split between her black neighborhood and mostly white suburban school. Vashti Harrison’s beautifully illustrated mini-biographies of 40 black female trailblazers are meant to be inspiring for all readers; Harrison says she wrote it for her younger self, wondering “what kind of dreams I might have had if I had known about all these women when I was growing up.” Harrison’s subjects range from Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman to Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, Octavia Butler, and Dominique Dawes—role models in politics, sports, the arts and sciences, and more. What books are you and your kids looking forward to reading in 2020? While no such officiallisting exists, it’s widely assumed that “classics” belong in schools while more modern literature often gets sidelined. Drita, My Homegirl Her answers help CJ uncover the beauty in the world around him. Immediately I started thinking back, reflecting on the books I had been assigned in middle school, high school and college. Great Diverse Back To School Books: Suki’s Kimono By Chieri Uegako. By Jane Yolen. Red: A Crayon’s Story We … Ever since the 2016 Election, I have reflected a lot on my own voting education and history. OurStory by We Need Diverse Books; The Pirate Tree; Reading in Color; Rich in Color; SLJ: Betsy Bird's Casual Diversity Book List; SLJ's Culturally Diverse Book List; SLJ's Tales of Child Refugees and Safe Havens; Smithsonian BookDragon; We Read Too; Social Justice. Elementary School Middle School High School Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade PreK 8th Grade 12th Grade 9th Grade 7th Grade 10th Grade 6th Grade 11th Grade Higher Ed. The Namesake The life story of the man born Malcolm Little—coauthored by Alex Haley—is one of the most important memoirs of the 20th century. Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives. Paper Wishes A well-crafted blend of the historical realities and inspiring life stories of four mathematically talented women who worked to build this country’s aviation and aeronautical programs starting from the Civil Rights era to the Space Race all the way to the Cold War. Many of them are there for good reasons and have literary merit that would be difficult to equal. Other People’s Children Lisa Delpit The New Press Lisa Delpit examines how white teachers communicate with children of color, Yet, in the past 24 years, multicultural content, according to book publisher Lee & Low, represents only 13% of children’s literature. 6 donors; $193 goal; Hooray! American Born Chinese Under the Mesquite An English teacher at The Latin School of Chicago chronicles what happens in her classroom when a diverse student body responds to multicultural initiatives at the school. By filling your classroom library with authentic and diverse books, you can teach your students understanding, compassion, and empathy. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Juna’s Jar. The Name Jar By Yangsook Choi. George You can’t read this book and not be changed by it. Including writers and fictional characters with a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, and life circumstances is a way to increase the chances that students will find both windows and mirrors in the library—books that reflect their lives, and ones that give them insight into the lives and experiences of people who aren’t like them. The Hate U Give This graphic novel—the first to be nominated for a National Book Award—tells three stories: The legend of the Monkey King, a master of martial arts; the story of a Chinese American boy who wants to be just American; and a depiction of racial stereotypes of Chinese immigrants that features a character named Chin-kee. Deena is a formerly well-behaved girl who has been lashing out in school ever since her mom was sent to jail. An unlikely friendship blossoms between Maxie, a popular fourth grader, and the new kid in class, Drita, whose family has fled the war in Kosovo. There were some … With books that span many genres including mystery, science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, and nonfiction, we offer the right book for every reader. What Color Is My World? In weaving these stories together, Gene Luen Yang explores Chinese American identities, bigotry, and the process of assimilation. Student Engagement and Self-Esteem It was a big deal when our diverse classroom library began taking shape. Adding books with LGBT characters and themes to classrooms and libraries creates a more inclusive school culture. Suggest that the school library start a special section for culturally inclusive books. Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s debut was published by Lee & Low, which has been dedicated to publishing multicultural books since 1991. The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian In this novel by Adam Silvera—one of Book Riot’s Best Queer Books of 2017—a company called Death-Cast calls two New York City teens just after midnight with the bad news: This is the day they’re going to die. Our middle grade and young adult novels can be used for independent reading or included in curriculum. Most of the books … Based on interviews conducted over the two years before Malcolm’s 1965 assassination, the book describes his upbringing and his conversion to Islam while in prison, as well as his philosophies of black power and black nationalism. As you choose books or evaluate your classroom library, keep these questions in mind. They Both Die at the End We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. If you think back to your middle school and high school required reading lists, you’ll likely see a plethora of classic book titles written by white males — titles like Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, and Macbeth come to mind. As the stage is set, we learn how her country used to be and the fearful place it became with the Taliban’s influence. Edutopia® and Lucas Education Research™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of the George Lucas Educational Foundation in the U.S. and other countries. Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, and Obstfeld, Raymond. We’re entering this new decade with another epic list of diverse reads to share with you. 1,645 books — 1,117 voters Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction.